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Couple, man detained for burning Indian alive in Australia

January 29, 2010 13:09 IST

After charging an Indian couple for the brutal murder of Ranjodh Singh, whose body was found half burnt in New South Wales, the Australian police on Friday arrested a 25-year-old man for the murder.

The man was arrested at his home in Wagga Wagga just after 9 am. He is expected to beĀ  charged with the murder of Singh who was found half burnt by the side of a road in New South Wales.

A husband and wife, both Indian nationals, were charged with Singh's murder on Friday, following their arrest in southern Sydney.

The husband, 23, was arrested while working at the Crystal Cafe in Rocky Point Road, Sans Souci, while his 20-year-old wife was picked up from their house.

A motorist found Singh's badly burnt body off Wilga Road, approximately 20 kilometres south of Griffith in southern NSW on December 29.

An autopsy revealed that Singh, 25, who had been bound and had his throat slashed, had been stabbed many times and was set alight while still alive.

"It certainly was a very horrific scene," Assistant Police Commissioner Mark Murdoch said, adding, "Given the injuries that Singh sustained and given the fact that he was set on fire [while] still alive. It's probably at the upper end of the scale in terms of murders."

Singh and the married couple knew each other through working as seasonal fruit pickers in Griffith, Murdoch said.

Singh had recently moved to Wagga Wagga but was staying in Griffith to pick pumpkins and was living in a shared house with other farm workers from India.

Natasha Chaku Melbourne
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